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Ms. Hafer from Hamilton OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Readers become Wonderful Writers

Help me give my students diverse books they love to read and blank books to create their own stories.

  • $535 goal

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My Students

My students come from very diverse backgrounds. Our district has done a wonderful job in investing in a new curriculum that promotes enjoyable reading and writing for all. However, students are not being as successful as they could be because we do not have as many books as we could. My goal is to change this in my classroom.

I teach Language Arts and Social Studies to twenty-five, fifth graders throughout the day.

Many of these readers are below grade-level and I want to provide them with materials that will inspire them to read and write more.

My Project

Everyday my class starts with a read-aloud. I selected several picture books that would be great read-alouds to inspire meaningful conversations among my students. It is important that we get diverse books for all students to fully relate to the content, and become more aware of our wonderful differences. After the read-aloud, we have reading workshop.

During reading workshop, students are given opportunities to select diverse books they are interested in reading.

My classroom is made up of many diverse learners who value reading about others in their culture. Therefore, it is imperative to stock our classroom library with diverse books for students to select during reading workshop.

Writing workshop comes after reading workshop. During writing workshop, students are encouraged to write about what they want to write about. This year my students were given blank books and published one of their favorite stories. This was such a meaningful writing experience for my students to share their own story and I am eager to repeat the activity next school year.

Ms. Hafer
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
White Blank Books with Hardcovers 8.5"W x 11"H (6 Books / Pack) • Amazon Business $21.89 5 $109.45
The Street Beneath My Feet • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Wilfred • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Irma S and James H Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
Journey • Amazon Business $13.62 1 $13.62
Dreamers • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Home • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Quest (Aaron Becker's Wordless Trilogy) • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Return (Aaron Becker's Wordless Trilogy) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
My First Book of Haiku Poems: a Picture, a Poem and a Dream; Classic Poems by Japanese Haiku Masters (Bilingual English and Japanese text) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Beyond the Pond • Amazon Business $10.16 1 $10.16
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
The Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
The New Kid on the Block • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
Revolting Rhymes • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Adelita • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
The Egyptian Cinderella • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: TOON Level 1 (Toon Book: Easy-to-Read Comics, Level 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Spotlight Soccer (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39
Beastly Basketball (Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $3.27 1 $3.27

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